Joe Culotta, a well-known Houston artist and art educator, has packed energy and raw emotion into the abstract paintings he will exhibit during January at the Galveston Art League Gallery. As the Art League’s Featured Artist of the Month, Culotta will display about a dozen of his works from January 2-26 near the front of the gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., in downtown Galveston. The gallery, which is open from noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, will also have more than 100 pieces executed by Art League members.
Culotta’s domestic and international travels, along with his formal education in art, continue to have an impact on his works. “To me, art is the voice of communication and said not in words, but in visual imagery,” he says. “When I begin to create a painting, it is a process of thoughtful contemplation and development through color, line, form and texture patterns that speak to the viewer those feelings that I wish to convey without words. The connection between painting and myself gives me the ability to communicate to the viewer.”
A dedicated art teacher and workshop leader in southeast Texas, Culotta has generously shared his time and talents with local and statewide arts education associations. His efforts and wishes to motivate, energize and transform the arts community led him to serve as a board member of the nonprofit organization City ArtWorks in Houston.
Culotta is a professional member of the Galveston Art League, a nonprofit organization founded in 1914 with the mission of promoting visual arts, regional artists and art education in Galveston County and beyond. Art League memberships such as Culotta’s represent a significant portion of the all-volunteer organization’s budget. Artists and non-artists are welcome to join, with their service and tax-deductible membership fees helping to support both the league and the local arts scene. To learn more about membership levels, visit www.GalvestonArtLeague.com and click on “Join.”
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